Find My Phone

Microsoft is working on new anti-theft features for Windows Phone to be added in a future update. Much like Apple's activation lock, which was added to iOS 7 late last year, the new update to the Find My Phone would require users to login with a Microsoft account before dong things like reactivating a device. Microsoft signed CTIA's Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment in April and is required to add these features by 2015, so it's a good sign that they're already in the works.

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Lost your Windows Phone? Here’s how to find it

Losing your phone can be really annoying. Fortunately, Windows Phone has a free service called Find My Phone that can help you recover your phone. It even goes a step further by giving you options to lock or erase your phone from any computer.

Head past the break to watch our how-to video.

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One of the neat new changes to the Windows Phone page is the "My Windows Phone" section which now unifies your Xbox LIVE profile, LIVE Mail, SkyDrive and Find My Phone into one, svelte section. Other features include seeing your purchase history, reinstalling your apps and customizing your avatar. Not bad.

Overall, this makes maintaining and keeping track of your Windows Phone and various accounts that much easier and we have to admit, it looks sharp too. Head over to your Account page to get a look.

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"Find My Phone" found his golf clubs

There's no real news here, but rather a fun and satisfying story about a thief, a mobile phone, and some golf clubs.  A friend of the author passed along his tale in which, after finishing a round of golf, he retired to the 19th hole, leaving his bag outside.  Upon coming out, he found that his golf bag was gone, as was the WP7 phone that was in the pocket.  After calling the phone several times without answer, the man returned home and quickly brought up the Find My Phone website only to see his phone moving further and further away form where he was.

Eventually, the phone came to a stop, about 80km away.  The man called the police and directed them to the location.  Later that night, he was notified that they had found the golf bag and a thief who thought he had made an easy score.

Find My Phone is a standard feature of WP7.  We highly recommend you set it up on your device if you haven't already.

 

Source: iTWire

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We knew Microsoft adding phone locating services to Windows Live in the form of "Find My Phone" and now we've seen it in action. The Find My Phone services are found on your Windows Live home page under "Devices". You'll see a list of all your Windows Live supported devices and under your Windows Phone, you'll see the Find My Phone options.

When you click on "find this phone" you are given four options; 

  • Map it: Marks your phone's approximate location on Bing Maps
  • Ring it: Will ring your phone for one minute using a distinctive ring tone (even if the phone's set to vibrate or silent)
  • Lock it: Locks your phone
  • Erase it: Performs a hard reset

In testing each option on the HTC Surround, you don't have to wait long for results. The Windows Phone was mapped, rang and locked in seconds after I clicked each command. The map location can be zoomed in and my location was narrowed down to a 20 yard area.

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